Product Review: Glutino Gluten-Free Pretzel Sticks

Glutino Gluten-Free Pretzel Sticks

Glutino Gluten-Free Pretzel Sticks

Product: Glutino Gluten-Free Pretzel Sticks – $5.59+

Glutino, Glutino, Glutino.

How I love you.  How I love you and your clever name.  How I love you and your delicious products.  I don’t think I’ve met a product of yours that I haven’t liked as of yet, and that’s in the 2 year span that I’ve had to go gluten-free.

Back when this whole journey began, one of the first products that really stood out to me was the Glutino Gluten-Free Pretzel Twists.  I remember having picked them up at the grocery store to take to work with me for an afternoon snack.  One bite, and I knew that I’d be okay being gluten-free.  The pretzel twists were even better than regular pretzels.  And I was forever hooked on the Glutino brand.

Somehow, however, through all of this, I never got back to purchasing other Glutino pretzels.  Because at the time…they also had pretzel sticks out on the market.  Why I never bothered to get them, despite being totally over-the-moon for the pretzel twists…I will never know.  But thanks to a Manager’s Special at my local grocery store…two years later…that changed.

And yesterday…yesterday was my first taste of Glutino Gluten-Free Pretzel Sticks.

Glutino spells L-O-V-E when it comes to their products.  Because these products definitely love me and I totally love these products back.  Case in point are these pretzel sticks.

So, I’m sitting at my desk…and the 3 p.m. munchies are striking.  With a stomach rumbling, I reach into my drawer and pull out my portioned serving of Glutino Gluten-Free Pretzel Sticks.  I remove one, and take one crunchy bite.  SMOOTH.  It has this great buttery taste to it.  It’s salty, but not overdone.  And they are so light.  Sometimes regular pretzels could feel a bit heavy, and the consistency of them more doughy (as in crunchy doughy not soft pretzel doughy…just thought I’d clear that up!) than anything else.  Not these.  Nope…Glutino definitely hit the nail on the head when it came to designing and making their amazing Gluten-Free Pretzel Sticks.  I couldn’t stop myself.  I wanted to savor my snack, but my fingers kept reaching for another one and another one.  I shared one with not only my roommate, but also my co-worker (who loves to hate on gluten-free products).  Cathy loved the flavor and said we’d have to make sure we kept Glutino pretzels in the pantry.  My co-worker…who I know wanted to hate it…she did…couldn’t.  She looked at me, nodding her head, and said, “I like these better than regular pretzels.”  YES!!  When I can win over this person with gluten-free stuff, I always feel like the company was successful with the product.  I’d call this a major WIN for Glutino.

And yes…the Pretzel Sticks really are that delicious.

Let’s talk ingredients and nutrition, shall we?  Pretzels are definitely a snack, but one of the healthier choices, I believe, when it comes to products on the market.  As far as what goes into these sticks of delicious salty wonder…corn starch, potato starch, palm oil, sugar, sea salt, cellulose gum, soy lecithin, baking soda, yeast extract, sodium acid pyrophosphate, citric acid, and sodium hydroxide.  So…some normal sounding ingredients and some that make you go…”What am I eating?”  Clean eating this isn’t…but it’s one of the treats I allowed myself this week.

As for nutrition facts, a serving is around 33 sticks or about 30 grams (because we all know I weigh my food to be more accurate).  This serving will provide you with 140 calories and 6 grams of fat.  I hate that the fat count is so high, but again, this is a treat and a snack I don’t have all the time.  And, a lot of gluten-free products tend to be higher in fat than regular.  Most regular pretzels are…fat free.  I feel a little gypped here on the nutrition scale.  UGH!  Anyway…pushing beyond that, these have 420 mg sodium per serving and less than 1 gram of sugar.  That’s standard when compared to brands of regular pretzels.  You get no fiber or protein from these pretzels either…so while they are delicious, do not expect them to quell your hunger for long.

Bummer.

So…Glutino wins for sure on taste, texture, flavor…and overall awesomeness of their Gluten-Free Pretzel Sticks.  However, as far as the nutrition value goes…they feel like a bit of a letdown.  But…when it comes to gluten-free snacks, this is definitely one of the better choices.  Not only are they packed with amazing flavor, but they are light, they are delicious…and as long as you don’t sit down with the entire bag and devour them all in one sitting…not horrible on the nutrition aspect.  I will give them that.

Glutino…keep on giving me and others in the gluten-free community so many amazing products and I can guarantee we will continue to come back to you.  I’m a repeat offender when it comes to buying products with the Glutino brand name on it.  And I’m not ashamed to admit it.

I can’t wait to dive into another serving of the Glutino Gluten-Free Pretzel Sticks this afternoon.  Maybe I’ll take time to savor them this afternoon.  Or maybe I won’t be able to contain myself again.

Either way…I’ll definitely enjoy!

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